As one of the leading iGaming sites in the world, Full Tilt Poker has had the opportunity to become involved in enterprises that promote both the brand and an assortment of professional athletes and teams. By becoming involved with the Full Tilt brand, these professional athletes and teams are given much needed exposure designed to help them on a financial and social level.
Full Tilt recently announced the signing of professional heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison to a lucrative sponsorship deal. As part of the Friends of Full Tilt stable of stars, Harrison will be marching into the ring on November 13, 2010 for a heavyweight title bout against David Haye. The bout is scheduled to take place in the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester, England for the WBA World Heavyweight Title.
As an avid poker player Harrison is thrilled with the opportunity to sign with a prestigious group like Full Tilt. In fact, Harrison has mentioned on occasion his intention to play the game of poker as a professional some time after his retirement from boxing. Under the terms of his sponsorship agreement, Harrison will be asked to make special guest appearances on behalf of Full Tilt at designated poker events.
Harrison enters his November 13th title bout off of a hard fought knockout victory over Michael Sprott for the EBU European Heavyweight title. At 38-years old, Harrison has only had 31 fights in a professional career that began in 2001. His career got off to an amazing start after winning the gold medal in the Super Heavyweight division of the 2000 Olympic Games.
After winning his first 14 bouts as a professional, he got his first opportunity to fight for a world title in March of 2004. On March 20th, he knocked out WBO champion Richel Hersisia in the fourth round to claim the WBO World Heavyweight title. After successfully defending his title on four different occasions, Harrison finally lost his title to Danny Williams in December of 2005.
Harrison enters this bout with a professional record of 27-4 with 20 knockouts. He was born and raised in London, England. As an amateur, he boxed out of the Repton Amateur Boxing Club. He won back-to-back amateur British boxing titles in 1997 and 1998 before setting his sights on the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. Representing the United Kingdom, he went undefeated in the Olympics on his way to the coveted gold medal. A Force Promotions, a management company that he both founded and runs, currently represent him.